Hardwicke Takes on ‘Red Riding Hood’ Tale

Catherine Hardwicke has added another project to her growing stack as the Twilight helmer is signing on to Appian Way’s The Girl With the Red Riding Hood. Werewolf movie, written by David Johnson, is a gothic retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story, with a teenage love triangle at its center. “Red” is set up at Warner Bros., where Appian Way has a first-look deal. The best-known version of the story — in which a wolf disguises himself to fool a girl delivering food to her sick grandmother in the forest — was published in the 19th century by the Brothers Grimm. Earlier oral versions of the tale, which date back to the Middle Ages, are far darker and sometimes involve a werewolf rather than a wolf; the first published version, by Charles Perrault, concludes with Red Riding Hood eaten by the wolf, with no happy ending.